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12999
RivkahPerson was signed in when posted
05-26-2017
03:44 PM ET (US)
VW I have too many irons in the fire right now & don't know if I want to go down that road.
12998
VWPerson was signed in when posted
05-25-2017
02:20 PM ET (US)
Rivkah- Do you have an emotional injury attached to your physical injury claim? If not, I highly suggest you do so. If you are in chronic pain, lost any ROM, or anything along those lines you can show how your physical injuries have caused an emotional injury whether it be stress, depression, anxiety etc. If your restrictions are that severe it is not a far stretch to say you have one or several emotional conditions which would be considered consequential injuries. Once you are injured and suffer permanent restrictions or residuals from that injury it is a serious lifestyle change because you can no longer do a lot of things you used to be able to do plus it takes an emotional toll on you dealing with the daily pain and loss of enjoyment of life.
12997
vanesaPerson was signed in when posted
05-24-2017
03:09 PM ET (US)
Thank you.
12996
RivkahPerson was signed in when posted
05-23-2017
03:35 PM ET (US)
VW. The po is doing everything they can to make it look like a job is within restrictions when in fact it is not. The last job I refused went as far as the ecab which took them 2 yrs to decide the offer was in my restrictions. OWCP never did a proper suitability determination. My lawyer did a horrible job. Even refused to write a letter to the doctor on what was needed in his report. I can appeal to OWCP since the ecab took so long, but have too many battles at the same time. I was out 5 1/2 months with no pay. The decision came back & I was offered this new job within weeks. It states my restrictions & says to follow them.They are very strict already. The only way they could be changed would be to prove worsening. Hence, a new claim. Every day I do less work and walk around the building and sit and read.
12995
VWPerson was signed in when posted
05-23-2017
02:04 PM ET (US)
Rivkah- Send the medical report directly to OWCP. I would suggest uploading it into ecomp so you have proof they received it. You are correct that if you file a new injury and your doctor states you cannot work there is the possibility of you not receiving compensation until the claim is adjudicated. Can your doctor change your restrictions under your current accepted claim for which you are working in a modified limited duty position? If so, have him/her do that and let your employer state they have no work within those restrictions.

You stated OWCP always finds every job suitable even when it isn't. Did you provide OWCP with an explanation as to why the offer isn't suitable? Did your doctor look at the job offer and write anything up stating they didn't find the offer suitable and give medical reasons and opinion why it isn't suitable?
12994
RivkahPerson was signed in when posted
05-23-2017
01:56 PM ET (US)
Must I send the doctors narrative with the CA2 or separately to OWCP.
12993
RivkahPerson was signed in when posted
05-23-2017
01:53 PM ET (US)
Snowed. I had a drac almost 6 months ago & only received the response 2 weeks ago. My limited duty position had been taken away again. I also filed an EEO. I was out nwa for 3 1/2 months. I have been back in new limited duty job for 4 months & it is aggravating / accelerating the original work injury plus others. I now need other accommodations. I am sooo tired of fighting them. If my doctor takes me off work for a new occupational injury it will take months to get approval with no income.I've been dealing with this for over 20 years & the last 4 have been a nightmare. OWCP finds every job to be suitable even when it isn't.
12992
VWPerson was signed in when posted
05-23-2017
10:47 AM ET (US)
vanesa- The answer would be yes and no. You can file for the schedule award as it will take some time for it to be processed and adjudicated. If it gets approved before you return to work you will be asked to make a decision on whether you want to receive payments for the schedule award or continue collecting wage-loss compensation for the shoulder injury. Since both injuries are under the same claim number you would not be able to collect wage-loss compensation and your schedule award at the same time. That is considered dual benefits and is not allowed. If your schedule award is approved while still collecting wage-loss compensation you can continue to collect wage-loss compensation until you are returned to full duty, or at the very least returned to work in a modified position working 8 hours per day and then tell OWCP you want to start your schedule award payments.
12991
vanesaPerson was signed in when posted
05-23-2017
12:50 AM ET (US)
I suffered a injury Janurary 2016 ,went back to work last September after being off for 8 months , suffered a wrist injury and tore my rotator cuff. I reached MMI for my wrist in Feburary this year. I recently had surgery for rotator cuff (5-11-17). Can I file for a scheduled award for my wrist? Both injuries are under same OWCP number. Dr says it will take at least 4 months before I can return to work.
Edited 05-23-2017 12:52 AM
12990
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
05-21-2017
10:18 PM ET (US)
Rivkah-
Has your requests been sent to the PM? They should also be responding with a written letter and give you reasons for the denial. If they wont accommodate you really shouldn't work....after all its doctors order...isn't it?
Edited 05-21-2017 10:20 PM
12989
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
05-21-2017
10:11 PM ET (US)
Buckeye=
You have to be in the FERS retirement system 18 months of credible service to qualify for disability retirement. They may not automatically separate you after 12 months...you may get to 18....good luck. If they make you regular and you are receiving OWCP that time will count.
Edited 05-21-2017 10:12 PM
12988
neicePerson was signed in when posted
05-21-2017
09:49 AM ET (US)
Buckeye - Disability retirement through the po pays you a portion of your earnings. But, before you can apply for disability retirement, you will need to file for social security disability. It sounds like you're currently getting paid by owcp, which is good. Social security disability pays you compensation for all the years you paid into social security, they have a formula. Postal disability will pay you 40% of your previous earnings.
12987
BuckeyePerson was signed in when posted
05-20-2017
10:52 PM ET (US)
Thank you everyone for your help. I called DOL and even though 48 hours was up Friday I still never got a call back. I spoke with the local union president, conversion has occurred effective today. I opted not to select one of the positions, mainly because I know I can't work any of the options and I don't want to screw someone out of a bid they really do want. Although the union president told me that next week they are losing 4 clerk positions, 2 are opting to retire and the other 2 that got converted will lose their bid to the remaining 2 people next week anyways, I am the only 1 of the 3 that will actually keep a bid and the other 2 will end up unassigned.

One thing he said did concern me though and when I asked him further he really didn't know anything. He said that the po will give me 6 months to try to be able to come back and fill my bid, at that point I can get another 6 month extension. He said at the end of 12 months if I can't do the bid I am assigned that I will be forced into disability retirement. He said the po says they have 4 clerks too many, which are the 4 bids being lost, but 5 people on workmans of 1 to 3 years and that this 12 month return is the "new rule" because it shorts the staff at the plant because it counts the 5 on workmans on the rolls of clerks allowed as though we are working and they can't have that.

Obviously as a PSE until today I have nothing paid into retirement, so would I get shuffled off workmans into disability retirement and receive nothing? I know there is no way I will be going back as I reached maximum medical improvement over a year ago and my FCE and drs restrictions state I can't work more than 2 hours a day, and I can't do any repetitive movements with my right hand/wrist for more than 30 minutes without a break, and nothing over 20 pounds. If I did another FCE I would expect that would actually be more restrictive as I have lost even more muscle mass since the last one, and my condition has only worsened as now I have numbness in my right hand from doing absolutely nothing but sitting in my lap. Should I attempt to prepare to be cutoff in a year or get an attorney involved?
Edited 05-20-2017 10:53 PM
12986
RivkahPerson was signed in when posted
05-19-2017
07:03 PM ET (US)
Snowed. Thank you. The post office has been denying anything I request. I will contact my physician for a prescription & try. I already have 2 EEO's. This may lead to #3.
12985
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
05-19-2017
03:49 PM ET (US)
Rivkah-
You should put in a written request to the postmaster for reasonable accommodation. That is an inexpensive request.
12984
RivkahPerson was signed in when posted
05-18-2017
08:56 PM ET (US)
Snowed My doctor has stated that I must have proper ergonomic equipment. The chair Im using was purchased over 20 years ago by the po. It's falling apart but is in better shape than anything else in the place. My steward said OWCP is responsible to pay for equipment needed for work but that was not the case in the past. Is she correct? It is definitely making my back worse.
12983
RivkahPerson was signed in when posted
05-18-2017
08:45 PM ET (US)
Snowed. Thank you. It is the same physician. My arms are not affected by the neck but the lumbar spine is affecting the legs. I am working part days due to a prior work injury to the elbows so would not be able to do a schedule award at this time. My restrictions would probably not change now but it's highly probable the condition will get worse. Right now ergonomics is a big part of the problem with my new position.
12982
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
05-18-2017
04:35 PM ET (US)
Buckeye-
You should be able to be converted but just remain unassigned....talk to the union....or they can assign you what is left vacant after the bid period.
12981
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
05-18-2017
04:34 PM ET (US)
Rivkah-
Might be able to be filed together. Is your treating doctor the same? As long as the medical can show all the conditions are aggravated by your job then you should be successful with one claim.
BUT if your legs and arms are both affected it may be beneficial to file separate claims. You can receive a schedule award on one claim while being paid wage loss on another if separate claims and body parts are involved.
12980
agodlywomanPerson was signed in when posted
05-17-2017
08:44 PM ET (US)
injuries that are sustained on the job are also available for voc rehab positions, i believe.
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